Originally created 06/02/00

Jackets have five All Stars



It took them three weeks -- 17 games to be exact -- before they won their fifth game. Now they have five All Stars.

The resurgent GreenJackets, who are battling for first place in the Southern Division after an abysmal start to the 2000 season, will send five players to the South Atlantic League All-Star Game on June 20.

First baseman Luis Garcia and left fielder Chris Warren were named starters for the Southern All Stars, while the league also named starting pitcher Brad Baker, reliever B.J. Leach and center fielder Lew Ford to the squad.

Only the prospect-rich Hickory Crawdads outdid the Jackets, with six players named to the Northern Division squad.

For the second time in three years, the SAL All-Star Game will be played at Joseph P. Riley Park in Charleston, S.C.

Garcia, who is on the disabled list, is batting .297 with nine home runs and 37 RBI. The 21-year-old native of Mexico began his career as a pitcher, and was converted to an everyday player by the Red Sox last year.

The 23-year-old Warren, who struggled in his first stint with the GreenJackets last season, is enjoying a career year. The Fayetteville, N.C., native is 12th in the league in batting with a .307 average, with six home runs and 23 RBI.

Ford, who was named to the squad as a utility outfielder, is ninth in the SAL with a .317 average with five home runs and 37. The 23-year-old Texan holds the second-longest hitting streak in the league this season at 17 games and is one of the top defensive center fielders in the SAL.

Baker, a supplemental first-round pick by Boston in 1999, is 5-1 with a 3.56 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 48 innings. The 19-year-old Leyden, Mass., native, was named the Red Sox organization's pitcher of the month in April after opening the season 3-0 with an 0.83 ERA which led all of minor-league baseball.

Rounding out the Jackets all stars is Leach, one of the league's dominant closers through the first two months of the season. The 23-year-old Seminole, Fla., native leads the SAL in saves, with 16, to go with an 0-2 record and 1.82 ERA. In 29 2/3 innings, Leach has allowed only 17 hits and six walks while striking out 32 batters.

SAL All-Star Rosters

NORTHERN DIVISION

Mgr -- Greg Legg, Piedmont; Coach -- Jay Loviglio, Hickory; Coach -- Rod Nichols Piedmont; Trainer -- Paul Gabrielson, Piedmont; P -- Ryan Baerlacher, Charleston, W.Va.; P -- Bobby Bradley, Hickory; P -- D.J. Carrasco, Hickory; P -- Zach Day, Greensboro; P -- Matt Ford, Hagerstown; P -- Jose Franco, Greensboro; P -- Ed Klepacki, Cape Fear; P -- Mark Outlaw, Piedmont; P -- Julio Perez, Cape Fear; P -- Randy Perez, Delmarva; C -- Omar Fuentes, Greensboro; C -- J.R. House, Hickory; C -- Russ Jacobson, Piedmont; 1B -- Nate Espy, Piedmont; 2B -- Torre Tyson, Greensboro; 3B -- Napolean Calzado, Delmarva; SS -- Brandon Phillips, Cape Fear; UT -- Jose Castillo, Hickory; UT -- Norris Hopper, Charleston, W.Va.; LF -- Marlon Byrd, Piedmont; CF -- Wilken Ruan, Cape Fear; RF -- Jay Sitzman, Piedmont; UT -- Tony Alvarez, Hickory; UT -- Keith Reed, Delmarva; DH -- "|"Jeremy Cotten, Hickory.

"|"Cotten replaces Jason Landreth (Hickory), who was promoted to Lynchburg.

SOUTHERN DIVISION

Mgr -- Joe Mikulik, Asheville; Coach -- Milt Hill, Charleston, S.C.; Coach -- Charlie Montoyo, Charleston, S.C.; Trainer -- Matt Lucero, Charleston, S.C.; P -- Brad Baker, Augusta; P -- Matt Belisle, Macon; P -- Aaron Cook, Asheville; P -- Stephen Cowie, Columbus; P -- Neal Frendling, Charleston, S.C.; P -- Matt Kosderka, Savannah; P -- B.J. Leach, Augusta; P -- Jason Stanford, Columbus; P -- Brian Stokes, Charleston, S.C.; P -- Chin-Hui Tsao, Asheville; C -- Jean Boscan, Macon; C -- Chairon Isenia, Charleston, S.C.; C -- Jeff Winchester, Asheville; 1B -- Luis Garcia, Augusta; 2B -- Omar Moraga, Columbus; 3B -- Nate Grindell, Columbus; SS -- Justin Lincoln, Asheville; UT -- Hank Blalock, Savannah; UT -- Chris Moore, Asheville; LF -- Chris Warren, Augusta; CF -- Josh Hamilton, Charleston, S.C.; RF -- Eric Johnson, Columbus; UT -- Lew Ford, Augusta; UT -- Justo Rivas, Macon; DH -- Eric Guyton, Capital City;